Monday, March 28, 2011

minnesota roadtrip finds...

Whew! What a weekend it was!

I had 2 whirlwind days of driving...junking...singing...and I loved every single minute of it!

To me, there is something soothing to the soul to get in the car and take a roadtrip. I stopped off in some great little towns to see what goodies I could find for Etsy...and of course found a few things for me, too.

From my last post, we all know by now the highlight of my trip was getting to spend the evening with Mr. Kenny Chesney...he rocked our socks off! It was some serious fun, and I can't wait to see him again in May! I was hoping to meet up with Jill at the concert, but my running late because of traffic combined with Kenny deciding to play an hour and a half longer than just didn't work out. That made me sad, because too soon she will be off to Portland.

*sigh*...there is just never enough time...

I had some great finds this weekend. I will be loading the Etsy store throughout the week, but I wanted to show you some "big" things that caught my fancy, too! I used my old point-and-shoot camera this weekend, so my apologies for my pics not being the best. But still, there was some gorgeous eye candy along the road and I just had to show you!

First up, an antique European armoire that I fell in *LOVE* with. The price was unbelievable! I am seriously thinking about going back up and buying this old girl for my dining room.

I have always had a love for old, raw pine wood. It reminds me of driftwood.

This is another piece that made me freak out a little...look at all those drawers!! It was a seed cabinet back in the day. I saw one recently at an antique mall for $3500. This beauty was just $400...kicking myself already for not buying it for my studio space.

 * sigh *

I am seriously considering this old factory table for my kitchen island. I am crazy about the galvanized legs..and the top is solid wood butcher block. I am not sure if old wood is a good choice for a kitchen top. I am going to do a little research and see if I can clean and seal it somehow, yet retain the natural look.

I just thought this chandi was so cute! I would lose the shades, but I love the simplicity and the touch of aqua.

I went to a architectural salvage store and as ususal got lost in the "door room" for quite a while. I have a thing for old doors...and this one caught my eye. Wouldn't it be fabulous on a barn door track??

No words needed here...all those baskets will speak for me.

And lastly...another cabinet just calling my name.

I came home and the first thing I told me husband was...

"We are moving. I need a bigger house."

And in a style all his own, my big, strapping hunk of husband simply said...


Love that man.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I am off to work on my guest room a little today. It has been a long time coming, but I hope to be able to share some exciting news on what has been going on with the Urban Plains Project! I am about to bust with excitement!

Happy Monday!


  1. wow. I love all those pieces. A door room? awesome.

  2. i would have lost my mind there! wow!! those baskets made my heart skip a beat.
    you can totally use that table for an island with the wood top. Sand it down and use tung oil - the real kind, not the petroleum by product. the real kin will never be toxic to use or have harmful odors. i found mine for my butcher block here -

  3. All I can say is I'm in LOVE! Oh, and I'm glad you enjoyed yourself!

  4. I know what you mean! I am constantly finding things I love, but no where for them to go! Sometimes I do a little switch out. About Kenny...I know it was wonderful! I can't wait til he gets to NC! Missed him last year!
    Debbi @ the beach

  5. Wow! You picked some great pieces to show! I'd love a trip.

  6. What is it about cabinets with little drawers -- that one for $400 I'd be seriously thinking about bring home. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh my goodness,
    I am so jealous that you spent the evening with Kenny, I love that man! :)
    Love all of the treasures, especially the pine piece in the first photo.
    Have a great week.

  8. I’m with ya, I don't know what it is about industrial things mixed with chippy wood there is nothing better.

    I’m seriously thinking about getting in my car and tracking down that seed cabinet, 400. seriously!!! I never see good deals like that.

    Thanks for sharing

  9. Oh my! I am drooling over here!! I absolutely love that table...would take that thing in a heartbeat. :) Looks like so much fun!

  10. Adore that cabinet I know just waht I would do with it!! Congrats!

    I have a new giveaway up I think you will love…from The Zhush!

    Art by Karena

  11. Oh my! I lurve that armoire. It's so classy, yet a little rustic. Drool. Glad you had such a great time!

    P.S. Where are the pics of our Kenny?!

  12. Looks like you had a blast! Just love the armoire & seed cabinet! Happy Monday working on your guest room.

  13. wonderful finds! I would have loved to come along with you.

    Thank you soo much for sharing,

    P.S. Did they also have a window room?

  14. wow, I don't think I could have come home without that cabinet of drawers. Getting in the car and heading to Minnesota....

  15. Such great finds. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!

  16. Kenny and all those amazing things in one weekend? What a great trip!
    Love that table...and the seed cabinet.


  17. OH my goodness! These treasures are straight out of my dream house :)
    Thanks for sharing and letting me swoon a little bit !!!
    Hope you have a great week!
    -Emily @ Crisp Interiors

  18. We absolutely could not shop together...we love the same things. Exactly the same things.

    There'd be hair pullin', for sure. ;-)

  19. Everything looks so pretty! Especially that door- stunning. I would love to have that for myself. Looks like you had a fun day!

  20. Looks like you made it to Hunt & Gather! I am sad I missed you but know our paths will cross again. I still am realing from that concert - I feel lucky to have been there!

  21. what great finds! I would have definately bought that seed cabinet...only to have my kids pull all the drawers out :/
    ok. maybe i wouldn't have.
    but it sure is something!


  22. Love the pine cupboard but that seed cabinet...
    oh my! Great finds and photos! Thanks for sharing...

  23. holy cow where were you??? heaven?!
    antique junk heaven.
    take me with you next time.

  24. Great finds! I would drive a lot of miles for that seed cabinet!

  25. Seriously!! Cool stuff. Cant wait to hear WHERE you went and how the cupcakes were???
    DETAILS!!! Please

  26. You totally ran across some cool stuff. The barn door is my favorite. Wish I didn't live so far away. Glad you had a good time.

  27. Wow, sounds like a fun trip! I'm loving the old factory table, and the metal baskets...sigh.
    Thanks for sharing your great finds!

  28. what fantastic things! I need a bigger house - with finds like that!!

    Thanks so much for putting my sale on your sidebar nice of you....

    Anne Marie

  29. amazing finds...that wood counter/table with the galvanized legs would be so cool in the kitchen!
    sounds like you had a great trip, glad you got some "me" time for yourself as i know you are feverishly working to get things ready for Kane County!

  30. Super, super amazing finds and prices!!! But then again, that's Minn.!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  31. Wowzers! You offered some serious eye candy here!
    Love that last cabinet on wheels...fabulous!!

  32. Okay, that is 176 drawers of beauty, and the price was a steal. But I weighed at least 400 pounds. It would have been a dream to own.



  33. i'm speechless.....that seed cabinet, wow! how fun and i love that door perfect for on a track. i so want to do that in my house! thanks for making me drool :) susan

  34. p.s. can't wait to see what you're up too!!

  35. What a lovely roadtrip! I'm in love with the seed cabinet! So eager to hear your news... :)

  36. Okay, here's the thing - I love all of the things you pictured - and in fact have had and sold (and regretted) a version of just about everything you pictured! You love what I love!

    Love that! Check out my blog - scroll through it and you'll see what I mean! The lockers, the apothecary, the bakery table (once bought one loaded with 20 years of flour and grease and turned into a kitchen island!). So, yeah, kindred spirits!


  37. Oh I love that cabinet with all the drawers for $400.the seed cabinet I seen one at a feed store
    You really do need that and I do also for the studio.

  38. Wow Mary, you totally scored. Everything is fantastic, especially the seed cabinet.
    Cheers, jj

  39. Wondered where you saw the drawered cabinet for $400? I'm in love!


  40. The pieces you spotted are incredible! I can't wait to see what you add to your shop. I know it will all be wonderful.

    I have to tell you that I opened up my own Etsy shop last week and am having a blast with it. You, without knowing, have been such an inspiration to me. Thank you very much.


  41. Mary....I speachless, what great stuff! I too, love old doors and will be using a few for a new project. Next time I'm coming along with you.

    xo kelley

  42. Incredible. Awesome. Amazing. Beautiful. What else can I say???? I would'ave taken all of those things home - and then remortgage the house..... lol!

    xoxo laurie

  43. I can hardly stand it, I love everything so much!!!!! YES! That factory table for your kitchen island would be COOL!
    GREAT finds!!!
    Have a pretty day!

  44. I had a bunch of friends go see Chesney and they had a great time. Sure hope you waved when you saw the Ames sign, lol!

    Ok seriously drooling over the things you saw. How cool to use that table as an island.

    Great response from your hubby, :)

  45. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Do you mind telling us where the stores are in Minn.
    I am from there and would like to visit them when I go home. Thanks so much

  46. What an incredible worker you are. So much stuff, so few hours in a day. Loved your photos. Love your work.
    - Joy